New Release: Khari Mateen – ‘Khari’ EP

 

Chances are you don’t know who Khari Mateen is, but we’ve known this cat since he was a newbie to The Roots crew family at just 18 years old. Some may recognize Khari as the bassist from his current band, Elevator Fight with the illustrious Zoe Kravitz. Others may have heard his production work on The Roots’ “Game Theory,” “Clock With No Hands,” nearly half of How I Got Over, and finally, on the most recent leak with The Roots and Big K.R.I.T., “Make My.”

So, really – you already know Khari’s music. Late last month, Khari gave the world an introduction to his work as a solo artist on his Khari EP. The project features Khari’s production and also puts his vocal talents on front and center. The music is impressively (but not surprisingly) diverse with R&B, funk, rock, jazz, downtempo, classical, electronic, and hip hop influences. Do yourself a favor a get put on – ASAP. And heads up that half of the EP tracks are actually free downloads, including one of our favorite tracks, “Mother.”

Purchase Khari on Bandcamp

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New Video by The Roots: “The Fire” featuring John Legend

Check out the latest visual from The Roots’ How I Got Over, this time for “The Fire,” with John Legend. While the artists don’t appear, director Rik Cordero uses the video to chronicle “a post-apocalyptic death march” and the struggle to find the metaphorical key to survival. If you don’t already have your copy, HIGO is available now through Island Def Jam.

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Levi’s John Legend & The Roots Collaboration: “Our Generation” + MP3

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The Levi’s Pioneer Sessions keeps it moving with an amazing new cover, which may have been the catalyst a full blown Roots – John Legend soul cover album. Immediately after the new Roots release this Tuesday, they’ve announced plans for a new one. Pitchfork details their new project here; including classic covers like this one, it’s obvious that these recordings came natural. Get the free download of The Roots & John Legend remaking the Ernie Hines’ breakbeat classic, “Our Generation” at Levi’s Pioneer Sessions.